Rarely do we have the occasion to see the interior shapes of a concept car make it into production without too many modifications, but the Camaro is one of the exceptions to this rule.
The production vehicle has kept the stunning shapes and details that bring a successful reinterpretation of the classic Camaro design. The list of such assets is long, ranging from the shape and details of the entire dashboard, with a special focus on the instruments, to the small gauges
placed where this meets the center console. The shifter
is also included and so are the steering wheel and the central part of the dash, which manages to grab your attention as soon as you step inside the car.
The aforementioned assets are backed by the seats
that have an armchair nature, as well as by the shape of the exterior rear view mirrors, which are a pleasure to use.
The whole cabin comes alive at night, thanks to the strong backlight of the dials and the ambient lighting. We are talking about a traditional shade of blue, which is very pleasant, but still not a match for the Ford Mustang's configurable interior lighting.
Alas, this chapter brings a mix of emotions as the cabin seems to be the area that has to pay the price for many of the car's characteristics. First of all the cost cutting brought materials that manage to seriously affect the perception of the aforementioned brilliant design. The best example is the generous area of plastic trimming on the dashboard, which would be more fit on a washing machine than inside a car.
While we have to admit that the materials aren't unpleasant to touch, we can't help notice the Camaro shares most of its steering wheel parts with lesser GM models.
And the styling extravaganza also brings certain problems in the ergonomics area. Most of the controls are easy to use and within your reach, but you'll need some time to get used to the complicated layout of the climate control system
. In addition to that, you have to completely take your eyes of the road in order to see the little gauges that display info such as the oil pressure, oil temperature and battery voltage.
That low glass area which brings extra points for the exterior has a pretty high cost in terms of visibility, which is also crippled by the thick A pillars.
Both the Coupe and the Convertible offer plenty of space up front, while children can comfortably ride in the back. The canvas top of the latter takes 20 seconds to fold, but you still have to manually unlatch it, an operation that does require coordination. There's also a wind deflector, but this has to be manually-installed at the back.
The soft top does its job in an excellent manner, providing proper sound proofing and thermal insulation. The luggage compartment's generosity means that you don't have to become frustrated whenever you fold the top, but the trunk's small opening
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